I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. And the only church that truly feeds the soul, day-in day-out, is the Church of Baseball. — Bull Durham (1988)
I know this is a little early — I haven’t even left for the coast yet — but I wanted to go ahead and post my upcoming Minor League Baseball tour dates, in case anyone wants to meet me at the ballpark:
8/21 (7:00) — I may or may not have bought two tickets to this game (online ordering sure is fun)
8/22 (7:00) – Fireworks night
8/23 (2:00) — $1 hot dog night
8/24 (7:05) — $1 hot dog night
8/27 (7:05) – Cheap beer night
8/28 (7:05) – Fireworks night
8/29 (6:00) – Fireworks night
Before the Mudcats game, I also plan to go to the North Carolina Baseball Museum, 300 Stadium Street, Wilson (3:00; closes at 4:00)
Some of you have asked whether I will be attending games in places like Edenton, Wilson, and Holly Springs. While those towns and others do have semi-pro or amateur developmental league teams (most of which are in the Coastal Plain League), they are not officially Minor League Baseball teams. And besides, I’ve only got a week. I’ll try to catch a few games at these parks during my other drives. Or maybe dedicate an entirely different drive to those teams, which may get me much closer than this first trip to understanding the connections between baseball and being a North Carolinian.
In the meantime, you may be interested in this recent article in the Raleigh News & Observer (link opens in new window or tab).
Finally, my reading selection for this drive will be John Feinstein’s book about minor league baseball (now in paperback), Where Nobody Knows Your Name.